With Black Heritage Month set to go into overdrive the first thought that comes to mind is someone that has done something in the past. Today we are going to focus on the new leaders of today, which the Millennials and Generation Z are definitely those! The power and passion of the future generations are undeniable. There are some amazing people making a difference in our communities, and here are a few of the people we'd like to thank for their community service! Every single one of your efforts are appreciated.
There is no particular order to this list! Each person on the list below have their own special way they are being positive role models in the community. Let's get right into with the first person on this list.
Being the first African Nova Scotian councilman to be elected to the Halifax region council in 16 years is definitely something to celebrate. Since Lindell was 12 years old making DVD's about how he would make his community better. It was evident Lindell was going to go grow up and make a difference in his community! If it was up to the 12 year old Lindell, Uniacke Square would have had brand new playgrounds and rust free fences. Lindell also spent quite a bit of time at the North Memorial Library, where he landed his first job as an outreach worker. Another great cause that Lindell co-founded is Centreline Studio which is a not-for-profit organization. Centreline Studio is a recording studio and arts centre focussed on getting youth to express themselves through creativity. These are just some of the most notable causes Lindell is known for, so even before his campaign started, he already had the vote of the people in the community. The diverse group of people that support Lindell, are the same group of people Lindell always showed support throughout his whole life. Lindell is the perfect person to serve our community, his community.
Our next leader in the community, we're about to mention shining in the community is Quentrel Provo. Quentrel Provo is the founder of Stop the Violence, which is a not for profit organization focused on doing just that. The hard work this young man is putting in, hasn't gone unnoticed. Quentrel has even caught the attention of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who also recognizes the dedication Quentrel has to supporting the community. On June 10th, 2016, history was made when that day was designated Stop the Violence Day in the province of Nova Scotia. On that day, everyone is encouraged to wear red and also do an act of kindness in the community. From schools and prisons to churches and organized marches, Quentrel is definitely out here making a difference creating awareness about violence!
Here is another one of our hometown heroes and a truly amazing man, and even better boxer. Custio started boxing when he was only 8 years old. Having a passion for the sport the young man quickly developed his skills and started his amateur career. With 99 bouts under his belt, you can say Custio has definitely made his bones in the square circle! It was over 10 years ago when this young man first fought at the national championships, in 2007. Custio made it to the podium in 2011, claiming 3rd place, but in 2009, 2010, and 2012, this young man landed at the top as the Canadian champion in the 69 kg weight class. Custio also has experience fighting internationally on multiple occasions, and has made it be ranked top ten in the world as an amateur fighter.
It was in the end of 2014, that Custio announced he was turning into a pro fighter and he never looked back. His pro career is even more stellar than his amateur one. Currently Custio has fought 13 professional fights and it victorious in all 13! Not to mention he holds the WBO international Welterweight title for his last fight and that's not even the only title he holds. Mr. Clayton also holds the IBF International Welterweight title and Custio as well as the WBC Continental Americas Welterweight title. So Custio is more than just the peoples champ, it's Official Custio Clayton is definitely a Champion 3 times over! S/O to Custio for being an inspiration for all the young athlete's in the Nova Scotia community!
This is Alex Ross a descendant of Africville and a valuable member of his community. The message behind the Family Over Fame clothing line is truly inspirational! The whole concept is to never forget where you came from, while staying positive in the process promoting unity! In 2017 Alex received the "Courage to Give Back Award" from the not for profit organization Family SOS. The organization Family SOS does a great job working with the youth within the community. The organization focuses on empowerment of our youth and cultivating their young minds. They have programs on everything from parenting to building confidence in the future generations. I'm going to put them on another list!
Hope Blooms started as a beautiful story even without Dragons Den. The organization was founded in 2008 by Jessie Jollimore a Community Dietitian in the North-End of Halifax. The organization started as a way to deal with food insecurities, and give people in the community a better opportunity to eat a healthier diet. Well, didn't Hope Blooms blossom into a beautiful flower! With over 40 of the local youth and their families taking part in the organization, you can easily see that it is definitely about more than food! Their program is structured to be youth lead, so I can only imagine all the skills they are learning along the way. The real value though is in the skills they are learning that are hard to see, you know the intangible qualities that are worth more than gold. Like teaching the children self-confidence and the feelings they get when they know they're making a difference in their community! How do you even measure that? It's simple, you can't! Anyway, I just wanted to give Jessie Jollimore and everyone over at Hope Blooms some love, they definitely deserve it!
Are any of these people part of your community? If so feel free to let them know they're doing a great job being a positive role model!